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Luis Severino suffers setback during shoulder rehab, will undergo MRI

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Yankees starter Luis Severino recently progressed to long-tossing in his rehab for a shoulder injury, but didn’t feel so good in his latest outing, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Severino will undergo an MRI in New York.

Severino, 25, missed most of spring training after being diagnosed with inflammation of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was expected to return next month, but with this latest setback, it may be later than that.

Last season, Severino finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio in 191 1/3 innings. He and the Yankees then agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension in February.

The injuries have been mounting for the Yankees. Along with Severino, the club is currently missing CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andújar.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.